Conservation at Museums Victoria.
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Discover Documentary: Conservation

From wedding dresses to meteorites, our Conservation team protect and preserve over 17 million objects in Museums Victoria's collection. This episode of Discover takes a look at how they do it!

Melbourne's Biggest Family Album collection
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Melbourne's Biggest Family Album collection

In 2006 over 1000 favourite photographs of Melbourne were collected from Melburnians' private albums.

Girls looking into case
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The Melbourne Story

An exhibition packed with icons of the city's past and present.

Horse Phar Lap on display in the Melbourne Story gallery
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Phar Lap

Australia's greatest racehorse.

The tower which formed the centre of an octagonal glasshouse in The System Garden.
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Our first Director's vision for a University Botanical Garden

How Melbourne University's System Garden came to be.

Tapestry with outline of Australia and text.
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The Federation Tapestry

Almost 41m long and 20,000 hours in the making, the tapestry marks the centenary of Australia's Federation.

Black and white image of a woman milking a cow
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The Invisible Farmer

Securing the history of Australian farming women
Portrait of a woman
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Being present

Indigenous Contemporary Art and Cultural Practices in the Museum
Woman holding chickens
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Invisible Farmer

The largest ever study of Australian women on the land is revealing the hidden stories of women farmers.

Group of women holding a protest banner
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History starts today

A new collection of banners from the 2017 Women's March on Melbourne has important historical links.

Doll's house interior 21 room fully furnished doll' house representing a typical English country house of the Georgian period that would have been built around 1740, but is now shown with some interiors that have been remodelled to the taste of the 'owners' up to about 1860.
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Discover Documentary: Pendle Hall

Join Michael Reason, Curator of History and Technology as he takes us on a tour of a piece of prime real estate in miniature, Pendle Hall.

Immigration Museum from Flinders Street in afternoon
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Customs House

Home of the Immigration Museum, and one of Melbourne's most important 19th century public buildings.

Phar Lap collection
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Phar Lap collection

Over 350 items of racing equipment and memorabilia relating to champion racehorse Phar Lap.

The Biggest Family Album in Australia collection
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The Biggest Family Album in Australia collection

Over 9000 photographs from rural and regional Victoria dating from the 1890s to the 1940s.

Football jumper - Nicky Winmar, St Kilda, 1993
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Football jumper - Nicky Winmar, St Kilda, 1993

St Kilda Football Club jumper worn by Nicky Winmar during his celebrated stand against racism in sport in 1993.

Interior of the Royal Exhibition Building
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Walk through History

Cover of <em>The Place for a Village: How Nature Has Shaped the City of Melbourne</em>
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The Place for a Village

How nature has shaped the city of Melbourne
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Journeys to Australia

Immigration is a vital feature of Australia's history and national identity. Celebrate the journeys that changed Australia forever.

Sculpture
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Aztecs lecture series

Gold crown
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Afghanistan: Hidden Treasures lecture series

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The wonders of Ancient Mesopotamia lecture series

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The genealogy of the genealogical method

Discoveries, disseminations and the historiography of British anthropology
Coffin of Tamenkhamun
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Accessing the ancient past

Ancient Egyptian antiquities in the Victorian State collections
Remnants of an ancient building
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Syria: Ancient History – Modern Conflict

Interior view of engine house showing mining pumping equipment.
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A Million Pounds and Not a Penny Return

A Victorian Gold Mining Saga
Family in front of house
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Locating living people

How can I locate living people?

Group of four men looking into a box with a carving in it.
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Baradine Repatriation of Carved Tree (Dendroglyph)

Carved burial tree returned to traditional owners.

Pendle Hall Dolls' House
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Pendle Hall Dolls' House

A 21 room, four storey dolls' house built over 40 years by Felicity Clemons, daughter of Sir Geoffrey Syme.

Robert Lewis John Ellery, astronomer & scientist (1827-1908)
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Robert Lewis John Ellery, astronomer & scientist (1827-1908)

English-born Ellery was Government Astronomer from 1863's advent of Melbourne Observatory until 1895.

Building with telescope dome, surrounded by trees.
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Melbourne Observatory, 1863-1944

Established in 1863 to serve as a scientific research institution for Melbourne.

Head and shoulders portrait of man
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Hermann Ralph Uhlherr, engineer (1934-present)

A passionate collector of tektites who has had an asteroid named after him.

Brass instrument in glazed wooden case.
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Melbourne Observatory collection

Over 400 objects and images relating to the operation of Melbourne Observatory from 1863 to 1944.

Karl Friedrich Muffler, German migrant, pastry chef & internee, 1930
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Karl Friedrich Muffler, German migrant, pastry chef & internee, 1930

After migrating from Germany in 1930, Karl Muffler was interned in Melbourne throughout WWII.

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